Cicada Summer

Twelve-year-old Lily mourns her brother, and has not spoken since the accident she feels she could have prevented, but the summer Tinny comes to town she is the only one who realizes Lily's secret.

Author: Andrea Beaty Call Number: Y FICTION BEA

The Remarkable & Very True Story of Lucy & Snowcap

In 1788, thirteen years after English convicts are shipwrecked on the magical islands of Tathenland, two twelve-year-old girls, one a native Colay, the other the child-governor of the English, set out on a journey to stop the treachery from which both peoples are suffering.

Author: H.M. Bouwman Call Number: Y FICTION BOU

The Underland Chronicles

When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.

Author: Suzanne Collins Call Number: J FICTION COL

Out of My Mind: A Novel

Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.

Author: Sharon M. Draper Call Number: Y FICTION DRA

Dragon Rider

After learning that humans are headed toward his hidden home, Firedrake, a silver dragon, is joined by a brownie and an orphan boy in a quest to find the legendary valley known as the Rim of Heaven, encountering friendly and unfriendly creatures along the way, and struggling to evade the relentless pursuit of an old enemy.

Author: Cornelia Funke Call Number: J FICTION FUN

The Brooklyn Nine: a Novel in Nine Innings

Follows the fortunes of a German immigrant family through nine generations, beginning in 1845, as they experience American life and play baseball.

Author: Alan Gratz Call Number: J MYSTERY GRA

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

With two attorneys for parents, thirteen-year-old Theodore Boone knows more about the law than most lawyers do. But when a high profile murder trial comes to his small town and Theo gets pulled into it, it's up to this amateur attorney to save the day.

Author: John Grisham Call Number: J MYSTERY GRI

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by her mother, learns about love from the older three of her six brothers, and studies the natural world with her grandfather, which leads to an important discovery.

Author: Jacqueline Kelly Call Number: J FICTION KEL

The Best Bad Luck I Ever had

In Moundville, Alabama, in 1917, twelve-year-old Dit hopes the new postmaster will have a son his age, but instead he meets Emma, who is black, and their friendship challenges accepted ways of thinking and leads them to save the life of a condemned man.

Author: Kristin Levine Call Number: J FICTION LEV


Winnie's thirteenth year brings many joys and challenges as she negotiates her relationship with her first boyfriend and realizes that change is inevitable in her friends, family and even herself.

Author: Lauren Myracle Call Number: Y FICTION MYR

The Mostly True Adventures of homer P. Figg

Twelve-year-old Homer, a poor but clever orphan, has extraordinary adventures after running away from his evil uncle to rescue his brother, who has been sold into service in the Civil War.

Author: Rodman Philbrick Call Number: J FICTION PHI

The Harry Potter Series

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.

Author: J.K. Rowling Call Number: J FICTION ROW

A Whole Nother Story

Ethan Cheeseman and his children, ages eight, twelve, and fourteen, hope to settle in a nice small town, at least long enough to complete work on a time machine, but spies and government agents have been pursuing them for two years and are about to catch up.

Author: Cuthbert Soup Call Number: Y FICTION SOU

Museum of Thieves

Goldie, an impulsive and bold twelve-year-old, escapes the oppressive city of Jewel, where children are required to wear guardchains for their protection, and finds refuge in the extraordinary Museum of Dunt, an ever-shifting world where she discovers a useful talent for thievery and mysterious secrets that threaten her city and everyone she loves.

Author: Lian Tanner Call Number: Y FICTION TAN

Sixth Grade Glommers, Norks, and Me

As Allie Kimball starts sixth grade, she discovers that middle school is a very different world, populated with glommers -- those girls who cling to each other in groups; norks -- a combination of a nerd and a dork; and worst of all, squashes -- crushes that make you feel like your heart has been stepped on. Keeping a journal of words that help define her world, Allie tries to navigate through the strange land of sixth grade. With the help of her soccer team, a few new friends, and some shocking surprises from old friends, Allie soon discovers that she does have the strength to be herself.

Author: Lisa Papademetriou Call Number: J FICTION PAP

The Mysterious Benedict Society

After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.

Author: Trent Lee Stewart Call Number: Y FICTION STE

Closed for the Season

When thirteen-year-old Logan and his family move into a run-down old house in rural Virginia, he discovers that a woman was murdered there and becomes involved with his neighbor Arthur in a dangerous investigation to try to uncover the killer.

Author: Mary Downing Hahn Call Number: Y MYSTERY HAH

Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf

The first year of middle school can be exciting, or scarey, just ask Ginny.

Author: Jennifer L. Holm Call Number: J FICTION HOL

How I Saved My Father's Life (and Ruined Everything Else)

After her father leaves and marries the glamorous Ava Pomme, Madeline blames her mother for their difficult new life, but in spite of the twelve-year-old's efforts to achieve sainthood, it takes a summer trip to Italy to put her family into perspective.

Author: Ann Hood Call Number: Y FICTION HOO

City of Ember

In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.

Author: Jeanne Duprau Call Number: Y FICTION DUP